The Da Vinci Code
can still be found in many theatres since opening nearly three months ago. The movie has made nearly $750 million worldwide and it is now 21st on the list
of alltime worldwide box office leaders. The issues raised in the book
continue to stir up conversation online and in the blogosphere. Like many religious issues the topic often leads to flame wars in web forums. The graph on the right from Technorati shows Da Vinci Code
posts on Technorati over the last 180 days. You can see a big spike during the release of The Da Vinci Code
movie. However, blogging has continued as bloggers continue to discuss the religious and cultural ideas introduced in the book and movie. What makes the Da Vinci Code
controversial? Here are a few of the issues that make the book and film controversial from an article
by John Flader at Mercatornet. (via pamibe
Note: you will encounter spoilers if you have not read the book or watched the film.
Jesus is not God; he was only a man.
Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. They had a daughter Sarah and their bloodline lives on in Europe today.
Mary Magdalene is to be worshiped as a goddess.
The Bible was put together by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine.
Jesus was viewed as a man and not as God until the fourth century, when he was "deified" by Constantine.
The Gospels have been edited to support the claims of later Christians.
In the original Gospels, Jesus directed Mary Magdalene, not Peter to establish the Church.
There is a secret society known as the Priory of Sion that still worships Mary Magdalene as a goddess and guards the secret of Jesusí bloodline.
The Catholic Church is aware of all this and has been fighting for centuries to keep it suppressed.
The Catholic Church is willing to and often has assassinated the descendents of Christ to keep his bloodline from growing.
Here are some highlights from blogs that are discussing the Da Vinci Code
The IWJ's Da Vinci Code Page contains hundreds of categorized links about the book, film and ideas and themes found in the book.
Here are another 100 sites for the Da Vinci Obssessed.
A post on the Conservative Voice thanks author Dan Brown: "Again I say, Thank you Dan Brown for getting the ball rolling on this critical discussion of eternal import: like Is Jesus Christ the Son of God,and hence the Savior of the World? Christian, think twice about your reaction to Mr. Brown, and seize this historical oportunity to dialogue and share your faith. Thanks to Brown, the masses along with Pontious Pilot(John 18:38) are asking: 'What is truth?' Are you ready with an answer? You can either 'berate' Dan Brown, or 'befriend' those around you in search of the truth... I choose the latter!"
Comment is Free reports that the Da Vinci Code is #1 on MPs' summer reading list for the second straight year.
The Goddess movement. The Wild Hunt blog post has about a goddess movement that is taking place in the post-Da Vinci Code world.
Yes, there is a video game based on the Da Vinci Code. Every movie gets one these days.
Cinematical blogs that the book has been banned in Pakistan. Iranians rushed to buy copies of the book even though it is also banned in Iran.
Reverend Father Troy W. Pierce blogs about his upcoming seminar, Illuminating the Da Vinci Code. He wants an end to the false debate about the ideas in the book. "The Da Vinci Code is something we are all probably tired of hearing aboutóbut in a particular way. In the way that has become the standard way of approaching everything. In the way that ends conversation, turning it into a false debate where only one side is heard. We should all be tired of that. We shouldn't stand for it anymore."
A Curmudgeonly Crab is reading The Da Vinci Code despite promising not to: "What I'm Reading Now.. Or will be soon: the execrable Da Vinci Code. I swore I'd never read it; life is too short and good books too plentiful. But someone gave it to me, so I'm not wasting my money (only my beautiful mind), and I'm a little curious."
Jesse Ruderman blogs that Mozilla plans to use Fibonacci version numbers for Firefox but Mozilla says it has nothing to do with the Da Vinci Code. "Firefox user interface designer Mike Beltzner said 'Firefox is all about an intuitive and natural user interface, and the Fibonacci sequence is a perfect expression of nature's expression of order and beauty.'"
Sony is ready to film Dan Brown's Angels and Demon, another thriller starring professor Robert Langdon. The film has also been greenlighted by Columbia Pictures.
An autographed copy of The Da Vinci Code by actor Tom Hanks was sold on eBay for £2,250.
Mike's Noise investigates the question of whether or not Jesus Christ was married.
A woman claiming to be a descendent of Jesus Christ gets a book deal.
A novel called the The Asti Spumante Code spoofs the Da Vinci Code and the publishing industry.
Paranormal Magazine says the Rosslyn Chapel is haunted after two ghosts were seen there.
Tom Hanks, who played Professor Langdon in the film, has hired extra security guards.
Fodor's has a great slideshow of pictures from the travel guide, Fodor's Guide to The Da Vinci Code.
The Da Vinci Code passed The Passion of the Christ's box office take several weeks. Da Vinci Code has now made about $750 million worldwide -- crushing the Passion at the box office.
Note: You can find more links and resources in our first Da Vinci Code post from May, 19th.